The Food Science and Nutrition Diploma is the equivalent of two A Levels and can be successfully matched with a range of Level 3 subjects. The WJE Level 3 Food Science and Nutrition specification provides an understanding of food sciences and nutrition in hospitals use this knowledge, as do sports coaches and fitness instructors. Hotels and restaurants, food manufacturers and government agencies also use this understanding to develop menus, food products and policies that support healthy eating initiatives. This course explores the relationship between food, nutrition, health and healthy eating initiatives. This course explores the relationship between food, nutrition and health and offers the opportunity for creative, investigation and analytical study. If you enjoy cooking, have a passion and interest in food, want to develop your practical skills and experiment with new foods then this is the course for you.
Unit 1 - Meeting Nutritional Needs of Specific Groups - Mandatory - Assessment - Internal and External
Unit 2 - Ensuring Food is safe to eat - Mandatory - Assessment - Internal and External
Unit 3 - Experimenting to solve food production problems - Optional - Assessment - Internal
Unit 4 - Current issues in food science and nutrition - Optional - Assessment - Internal
The course is made up of four units. All learners must take units 1 and 2 and then select either unit 3 or unit 4.
Unit 1 -(Mandatory) A written examination of 90 minutes
A 9 hour controlled assessment including research and preparation culminating in a 3 hour practical examination
Unit 2 - ( Mandatory) This unit is examined by an 8 hour supervised study, carried out in May of Year 13
Unit 3 - (Optional) Controlled Assessment - Year 13
Unit 4 - (Optional) Controlled Assessment - Year 13
Minimum of 5 9 -4 grades in GCSE examinations including English and Maths. It is not a prerequisite to have a GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition. An Enquiring mind and a genuine interest in looking in-depth at where food comes from, food choices and the science behind nutrition is a distinct advantage .
Future Courses and possible Careers in:
Food technology / Nutrition Sciences / Sports Science and Diet / Consumer Protection / Food retail and manufacture.
Studying alongside other relevant Level 3 qualifications will help learners to gain the knowledge to support entry to H.E. courses such as:
BSc Human Nutrition / BSc (Hons) Public Health Nutrition / BSc (Hons) Food Science & Technology